Qualcomm's StreamBoost technology to optimize performance and capacity of home networks

January 07, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Qualcomm Incorporated has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., has introduced StreamBoost™ technology for Wi-Fi® routers and gateways. By intelligently managing a home's broadband connection, StreamBoost gives each device and each application the bandwidth it needs to ensure the best possible experiences in the connected home.

In conjunction with this introduction, Alienware and D-Link Systems, Inc., will be demonstrating StreamBoost routers based on Qualcomm VIVE™ 802.11ac technology for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi at International CES.

Currently, the average home connects up to seven devices to the Internet, and this number is expected to grow considerably in the next five years. Due to limited bandwidth, users are increasingly frustrated by the effects of network congestion: streaming movies freeze, gaming sessions lag, and online surfing slows. While the latest 802.11ac standard was designed to address increasingly crowded networks, StreamBoost technology combined with 802.11ac takes networking to the next level. While VIVE 802.11ac provides up to 1.3 Gbps PHY rate of Wi-Fi capacity, StreamBoost provides a superior connected experience to users of all devices on a home network by managing and shaping traffic, and giving each connected device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance.

"StreamBoost provides users with advanced control over their home networks to enable the first truly smart, connected homes," said Frank Azor, general manager, Alienware. "This technology will provide gamers with a more reliable and better performing online gaming experience, whether there are two, 12 or 20 devices using the network simultaneously."

StreamBoost also incorporates an opt-in, cloud-based service that continually increases the intelligence of the router, allowing new applications and devices to be identified and optimally managed as they are added to a network. StreamBoost's interface makes understanding and using routers more intuitive than ever before. For the first time, users can view all computers, tablets, phones and other connected devices on the home's network—as well as the applications they are using, and the real-time bandwidth usage of each application and device—on one easy-to-use StreamBoost interface.

"Our goal at D-Link is to ensure each consumer has the best possible online experience," said Dan Kelley, associate vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "StreamBoost gives us a way to make sure every person using